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No matter how small your business is or the type of work you do, you must provide and maintain a safe workplace. Developing an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Program builds a framework to manage health and safety as an integral part of your business. The following legislation governs workplace health and safety in Northwest Territories and Nunavut:
For more information on OHS regulations in other industries, please refer to the following:
According to Part 3: General Duties, Section 21 of the OHS Regulations, you need to include the following:
NOTE: When requested, employees can also have access to the meeting minutes from the OHS committee (see requirements below).
I have 20 or more employees:
I have fewer than 20 employees:
According to Part 3: General Duties Section 18 of the OHS Regulations an important duty as an employer is to ensure employees and supervisors/OHS representatives are competent by having the proper training to avoid unsafe work practices.
Your First-aid training and equipment requirements change depending on the number of workers you have at a work site and the site distance to a medical facility, according to Part 5: First-aid. Therefore, please be sure to consult the legislation.
Generally speaking, if you have a workplace with less than 20 employee, your First-aid attendant(s) needs at least a Level 1 qualification (specifics can be found in the OHS Regulations, Schedule A). This means:
Harassment Policy for the workplace (Section 34 & 35 of the OHS Regulations):
Violence Policy for the workplace (Section 34 & 35 of the OHS Regulations):
CFIB is here to help you!
In addition to health and safety requirements, there are several other compliance measures your business should be considering. You can always contact CFIB for further information, examples of a Health and Safety Policy, Emergency Communication Procedure, or more details on any Occupational Health and Safety issues at 1.888.234.2232 or email us at [email protected]